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India

1900 | India (DR19960)

India. (French Settlements in India). 1900. Mourning envelope addressed to Switzerland bearing French India Yvert 4, 5c green tied by Inde/ Pondichery double ring '4th Avril', endorsed 'via Bombay and Brindisi'.

A death notice paying the Printed Matter rate. Rarely seen from the French Settlement in Pondichery .

Illustrated in the 'Collectors Club' journal on French India, Volume 95, No 6.'

£175.00
India

1900 | India (DR19959)

India. (French Settlements in India). 1900. French India postal stationery envelope 15 cents blue cancelled by Chandernagor double ring '25th Jan 00' addressed to France, endorsed 'via Bombay and Brindisi' with octagonal French paquebot 'Marseille a Reunion L.V. No 3' on face '7th Feb 00' and octagonal 'Reunion a Marseille' on reverse '21st Feb' with Paris arrival '1st Mar'.

Nice item of stationery from Chandernagor French Settlement in India.

£175.00
India

1907 | India (DR19958)

India. (French Settlements in India). 1907. French India postal stationery envelope 10 cent carmine cancelled by Chadernagor/ Inde double ring '21st Mars 07' addressed to Paris with arrival on reverse.

Nice item from Chandernagor French Settlement in India.

£150.00
India

1911 | India (DR19957)

India. (French India - Switzerland). 1904. Registered French India postal stationery envelope 5c green upgraded with Yvert 8, 25c black/ rose and Yvert 11, 50c rose tied by Pondichery/ Inde double ring '11th Nov' (date plug inverted) with framed hand-struck 'R' in red on face and endorsed '5grs' and Wattwill arrival on reverse '3rd Dec' Very attractive item of registered postal stationery from French Pondichery.

£295.00
India

1901 | India (DR19956)

South Africa. (Basutoland - India). 1901. India postal stationery envelope 'one anna on 2a 6p' yellow tied by Bombay date stamp '26th July 1901' addressed to Basutoland via Museru.

Scarce destination from India and very nice item of incoming mail.

£175.00
Malaya

1901 | Malaya (DR19955)

Malaya. (Straits Settlements - French Indo-China). 1901. Envelope addressed to Saigon, Cochinchina bearing Straits Settlements SG 109, 4c on 5c red tied by Singapore double ring with second strike adjacent '1st April 01', underpaid with triangular 'T' hand-stamp and bearing French General Colonies postage dues Yvert 22, 30c carmine (imperf) applied and tied by Saigon Central arrival '6th Avril 01.' Lovely combination.

£550.00
Turkey

1901 | Turkey (DR19954)

Turkey. 1901. Registered envelope addressed to France bearing Turkey Yvert 84, 20p lilac (two pairs) tied by Constantinople - Gare date stamp '25th Feb' with Bur. Ambul./ Cons/ Ple. M. Pachia date stamp '25th Feb 01' and hand-stamp 'Recommande' in blue and framed 'U.P.U./ Turquie/ R' on face. Superb quality.

£225.00
Turkey

1899 | Turkey (DR19953)

Turkey. (Turkey used in Syria). 1899. Registered and Advice of Receipt envelope addressed to Paris bearing Turkey Yvert 84, 20p lilac tied by bilingual Alep date stamp in green (Coles & Walker Type 12) dated '1st Nov 99' with framed hand-struck 'A.R./ No (74) de ALEP' on face, endorsed 'Recommandre' with Paris arrival 'Nov 15' on reverse. Very fine and attractive item.

£225.00
Netherlands

1826 | Netherlands (DR19952)

Netherlands. (Prices Current - Elephants Teeth For Sale). 1826. Pre-stamp envelope headed 'Prices Current' dated 'Amsterdam 8th December 1826' addressed to Sampson Batard & Co, London' with hand-struck 'Amsterdam' in red on face and rated '4/-' in m/s.

Interesting 'Prices Current' listing the sale of 'ELEPHANTS TEETH' and sugar price from China and Siam'.

£150.00
Czechoslovakia

1919 | Czechoslovakia (DR19951)

Czechoslovakia. (Czech Forces in France). 1919. Picture postcard of 'Les Quais, Cognac' endorsed 'Correspondence d' Armee Cchecoslov' addressed to Nantes cancelled by Cognac/ Charente date stamp '16/8/19' with circular 'Depot Des Regiments Tcheco - Slovaques/ Francaise Militaire' in violet.

Very fine and scarce item from the Czech Forces in France in WW1.

£225.00
Egypt

1941 | Egypt (DR19950)

Egypt. (Kenya). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to Nairobi bearing Yvert 287, 1m bistre (2), Yvert 191, 5m brown and Air Mail 14, 10m mauve and grey and Yvert 16, 30m green tied by Cairo date stamp with 'Egyptian Censorship/ Opened By Censor' label tied by circular 'Censorship/ Dept/ 5' cachet.

£50.00
Egypt

1942 | Egypt (DR19949)

Egypt. (Sudan - French Colonies). 1942. Air Mail envelope addressed to 'Liet. Leleu, C.M.T.A.F.L.' Camp du Kanai, Bangui, (Afrique Equatorial Francaise), bearing Egypt Yvert 187, 1m orange, Yvert 189, 3m brown (2) and Yvert 215, 50m blue/ grey tied by Cairo date stamp '9th Jan', with 'Air Mail' hand-stamp, routed via Sudan with 'Opened By Examiner/ 18' censor tape (green on white) tied by circular 'Controle Postal/ Commision G/ Afrique Equatorial Francais' censor on face, routed via Fort Lamy/ Tchad' '17th Feb 42' with Bangai/ Oubangi Chari arrival '23/2' on reverse.

£225.00
Egypt

1895 | Egypt (DR19948)

Egypt. (German Sea Post - Japan). 1895. German 'Reichpost' postal stationery card 10pf carmine written on board the 'S.S. "Bayern' at Port Said, Red Sea' dated 'April 27 1895' cancelled 'Deutsche Seepost/ Ost/ Asiatische/ Hauptlinie/ e' date stamp '28/4' with adjacent Egyptian Post Office Suez '29/4', addressed to 'Mrs Evington, Bishops Lodge, Nagasaki, Japan', routed via Colombo 'My 10' and Hong Kong 'May 20' with Yokohama vernacular date stamp and Nagasaki arrival '1st June.'

Bishop Evington and family made three journeys to Japan between 1874 - 1908.

The 'S.S. "Bayern" (Norddeuscher Lloyd) departed Shanghai December 2nd 1894 for Southampton via Yokohama, Nagasaki, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Port Said, Naples and Genoa.

£225.00
Egypt

1875 | Egypt (DR19947)

Egypt. (British Post Office in Egypt). 1875. Envelope addressed to England bearing Great Britain SG 94, 4d vermilion (pair of plate 14) tied by 'B/01' obliterator with adjacent Alexandria date stamp 'Ap 3rd', routed via Brindisi with London/ Paid' arrival on face 'Ap 10th. Fine item.

£295.00
Egypt

1873 | Egypt (DR19946)

Egypt. (Via Trieste - Germany). 1873. Envelope addressed to Germany bearing SG 33, 2 1/2pi violet tied by Poste Egiziane/ Porto Said date stamp with 'Franca' hand-stamp, endorsed 'via Trieste' with Alessandria and Wien transits on reverse with Heidelberg receiver.

Lovely item routed via Trieste.


£450.00
Seychelles

1901 | Seychelles (DR19945)

Seychelles. (Postmarks). 1901. Seychelles QV SG 36, 2r 25 violet and green cancelled by Anse Royale date stamp 'De 7 01'.

Very nice village cancel on this high value Seychelles adhesive.

£75.00
Seychelles

1901 | Seychelles (DR19944)

Seychelles. (Postmarks). 1901. Seychelles KEV11 '4 cents on 30c' violet and green surcharged 'REVENUE' cancelled by Anse Royale date stamp. Very fine.

£50.00
Seychelles

1908 | Seychelles (DR19943)

Seychelles. 1908. Seychelles SG 48, 6c carmine cancelled by CASCADE date stamp dated 'Jan 18 1908'.

Proud (1.1.1901) - (8.11.08). Very scarce village cancel.

£275.00
Mauritius

1863 | Mauritius (DR19942)

Mauritius. (Mauritius used on Rodrigues Island). 1863 - 1880. Mauritius SG 62, 4d rose and SG 94, 8c blue cancelled by 'B/ 65' obliterator of Rodrigues.

Scarce postmarks from this small island 560 kilometers east of Mauritius.

£150.00
Mauritius

1907 | Mauritius (DR19941)

Mauritius. (Mauritius used on Rodrigues Island). 1907. Mauritius SG 143, 4c black and carmine cancelled by Rodrigues/ A date stamp 'Ja 7 07'.

Fine item from this small island 560 kilometers east of Mauritius. In 1906/07 only 7 mail steamers arrived on the island and the boats stopped calling from December to May on account of severe storms, which makes this January date rather elusive.

£150.00
Thailand

1894 | Thailand (DR19940)

Thailand. (India). 1894. Siamese postal stationery card 4 att carmine cancelled by Bangkok date stamp '27th March 94' addressed to 'Captain Delamain, 11th Bengal Lancers, Nowshera, Punjab, India', routed via Singapore '1st April' with Calcutta 'Ap 13th' and Nowshera arrival '16th April' on face.

The addressee 'Captain Delamain' was the Commander of the Bengal Lancers of the Malakand Field Force which participated in the Waziristan Campaign.

£550.00
Thailand

1912 | Thailand (DR19939)

Thailand. (Stamp Dealer Mail). 1912. Registered envelope written from 'The Siam Stamp Co. Bangkok' (with International exchange label on reverse) addressed to 'H.E. Thain, Stamp Dealer, Norfolk, England' bearing SG 146, 28s red-brown tied by Bangkok/ 1 date stamp '21st June 1912' with matching registration label and oval London transit on reverse.

Scarce single franking 'twenty eight' baht on cover.

£275.00
Thailand

1897 | Thailand (DR19938)

Thailand. (French Occupation of Siam). 1897. Stamp-less envelope endorsed 'Troupes d' Occupation du Chantaboun Siam' addressed to France cancelled by 'Saigon Cochin. Corps Exped' double ring '6th Feb 97' with circular 'Detachement D' Occupation de Chantaboun - Siam/ Le Commandant' and counter signed by the Commanding Officer with Chatou receiver on reverse.

Scarce item from the French Occupation of Chantaboon, Siam.

£950.00
Thailand

1909 | Thailand (DR19937)

Thailand. (Provincial Postmarks). 1909. Picture post card of 'Working Elephants' addressed to London bearing Siam SG 132, 6a on 4 satang carmine tied by bilingual Paknampo date stamp in blue with Bangkok/ 1 and Bangkok/ 2 transits. Lovely item from Nakhon Sawon Province.

£195.00
Thailand

1908 | Thailand (DR19936)

Thailand. 1908. Envelope addressed to England bearing Siam SG 75, 8a green and orange and SG 109, 1a on 24a purple and blue tied by bilingual Bangkok/ 1 date stamp with blue Bangkok/ 2 transit on reverse. Lovely mixed franking.

£450.00
Ethiopia

1909 | Ethiopia (DR19935)

Ethiopia. (French Post Office). 1909. Picture post card of 'The Emperor and Princess Rass and the Fete de la Mascale Croix' addressed to France bearing Ethiopia Yvert 86, 1/2g green tied by Dirre Daoua/ Abyssinie date stamp.

Nice Royalty card depicting the Christian Festival of the Mascale Cross the Holy Ethiopian Orthodox Church Festival'.

Mail carried by the French Post Office is Ethiopia is scarce.

£225.00
Ethiopia

1948 | Ethiopia (DR19934)

Ethiopia. (British Military Mission in Ethiopia). 1948. Air Mail envelope headed 'Forces Mail' , written from 'Sgt. Pomfret, British Military Mission to Ethiopia, Middle East Land Forces' addressed to England bearing Channel Islands, General Issue SG C1, 1d scarlet and SG C2, 2 1/2d ultramarine tied by 'Army Field Post Office/ 4' double ring '31st July 48' with circular 'Headquarters Army Military/ Mission To Ethiopia' on face in violet and hand-stamped 'Air Mail'.

£225.00
Ethiopia

1911 | Ethiopia (DR19933)

Ethiopia. 1911. Registered picture post card of 'Le Grand Marche de Addis - Abeba' addressed to England bearing Ethiopia Yvert 86, 1/4g green and Yvert 90, 4g green and carmine tied by Adis Abeba date stamp '21st Juin' with hand-struck 'R', routed via London with oval 'Oxford/ Registered' receiver '16th July'.

Registered post-cards are very scare and this is a rare example from Ethiopia.

£175.00
Ethiopia

1943 | Ethiopia (DR19932)

Ethiopia. 1943. Registered envelope headed 'The Arabian Trading Company Limited/ Addis-Abeba' addressed to London bearing Ethiopia Yvert 184, 8ch green and 'Air Mail' Yvert 12, 2ch blue tied by Addis Abeba date stamp with matching registered label with blank censor tape tied by 'Empire D' Ethiopia/ Censure Militaire' hand-stamp in violet on face and reverse with framed '3' hand-stamp censor in violet.

£175.00
Ethiopia

1943 | Ethiopia (DR19931)

Ethiopia. (Aden - Tripolitania). 1943/44. Envelope addressed to Ohio, United States bearing Ethiopia 20g blue tied by Addis Ababa date stamp, routed via Aden with 'P.C. 90/ Opened By/ Examiner F' tied by circular '116' hand-stamp in violet, forwarded via Tripoli with Tripolitania 'P.C. 66/ Opened By Examiner/ ZA/ 17812' label. Lovely item of censored mail from Ethiopia, routed via Aden and Tripolitania.

£275.00
Greece

1931 | Greece (DR19930)

Greece. (French Indo - China). 1931. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to Saigon, French Indo-China, endorsed '1ST Vol Athens - Saigon/ Air Orient' bearing Greece Yvert 191. 3l carmine, Yvert 355, 1f blue and brown and Yvert 360, 15l green and grey tied by Athens double ring '16th July' with registered label, framed 'Par Avion' and bilingual boxed 'Par Avion' in violet on face, routed via Port Said with transit on reverse and Saigon Central arrival '25th July 31' with framed 'NON RECLAME' and returned to Athens with arrival '29th Aout' in Athens.

Scarce First Flight from Athens to Saigon, French Indo-China routed via India. Only 22 flown.

Ex Desrousseaux.

£275.00
Greece

1882 | Greece (DR19929)

Greece. (Austrian Levant). 1882. Envelope addressed to Smyrne bearing Austrian Levant 'Franz Joseph' Yvert 3, 5 soldi red (pair) tied by Salonicco date stamp with Smryne arrival. Very fine quality.

£350.00
Greece

1941 | Greece (DR19928)

Greece. (United States). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to Salonique, Greece bearing United States Yvert 242, 20c rose and Yvert 245, 50c violet tied by Pine Bluff/ Ark duplex 'Apr 3rd 1941', carried over the Pacific via San Francisco with 'Via Air Mail' label, framed '36' censorship on reverse (applied in India) with 'Geoffnet' German censor tape (g for Wien) tied by German censor in orange with hand-stamp instructional 'Return To Sender/ Service Suspended' in carmine on face and returned via New York '1st Dec 41' slogan on reverse.

Greece was invaded by the Germans at the beginning of April 1941 and effectively occupied by the end of that month. This letter posted on the 3rd April 1941 was paid to go to Greece on the Transpacific service via San Francisco and onward via India and Iraq to Egypt and then Greece (70 cents Air Mail rate). Censored by the German authorities. Place of censorship Vienna (code g on the German censor label). Arrived back in New York '1st December 1941.

£150.00
Greece

1903 | Greece (DR19927)

Greece. (Turkish Occupation of the Greek Aegean Islands). 1903. Envelope written from Ploumari, Metelin bearing Turkey Yvert 101, 1p blue tied by bilingual Pelmar double ring (Coles & Walker 52), routed via Constantinople with Chambery arrival on reverse. Very rare item from Metelin.

Coles and Walker do not list Pelmar postmark with stars.

£350.00
Greece

1932 | Greece (DR19926)

Greece. (Greek Occupation of Mytilene). 1912. Turkish postal stationery card 20p carmine overprinted 'Greek Occupation/ Mytilene'. Scarce mint card.

£150.00
Italy

1866 | Italy (DR19925)

Italian States. (Papal States). 1866. Envelope addressed to Firenze bearing Papal States Yvert 6, 5b rose/ black tied by Roma date stamp, underpaid bearing Italy postage dues Yvert 1, 10c yellow (imperf pair).

£225.00
Italian Colonies

1940 | Italian Colonies (DR19924)

Italian Colonies. (Eritrea). 1940. Air Mail envelope addressed to Germany bearing Eritrea 90c blue and 'Air Mail' Yvert 22, 1l blue (pair) tied by Massaua date stamp '16th Feb 40', endorsed 'via Air Littoria' with 'T' due hand-stamp, boxed parallel bar and framed number '4104' in carmine and German censor label on reverse.

£125.00
Vatican

1940 | Vatican (DR19923)

Italy. (Vatican). 1940. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to Germany bearing Vatican 'Air Mail' Yvert 7, 5l grey and Yvert 8, 10l purple tied by Vatican Poste/ Aera double ring '23/12' with matching registered label 'Citta Del Vaticano' with 'Posta Aerea/ Per Avion' hand-stamp with Lindau arrival '28th Dec' and German censor tape tied by circular German censor on reverse. Very fine.

Air Mail hand-stamp not listed in McQueen 'Airmail Directional Handstamps'.

£125.00
Hungary

1875 | Hungary (DR19922)

Hungary. (France). 1875. Envelope addressed to France bearing Yvert 15, 5kr pale carmine (pair) tied by Fushan date stamp '20th Juil' with Brasso and Wien transits on reverse, underpaid with hand-struck instructional 'Jnsuffisament/ Affranchie' on face (Van der Linden 1836) with 'Autr Avriciurt 3' French entry cachet in blue '25th Juil 75', Macon arrival and charged with '6'in m/s on arrival.

Nice item of underpaid early mail from Hungary to France.

£150.00
Germany

1835 | Germany (DR19921)

Germany. 1835. Pre-stamp folded letter addressed to Rostock cancelled by hand-struck Neubrandenburg/ 15 Juli 1835', rated '25' in ink top left and charged '16' in carmine ink and '1' on arrival.

£75.00
Netherlands East Indies

1834 | Netherlands East Indies (DR19920)

Netherlands East Indies. (Forwarding Agents Mail - Belgium). 1834. Stamp-less folded letter addressed to France written from Batavia dated '25th Jan 1834', rated '60' styvers in m/s with oval 'Zee - Brief/ Hellvoetsluis' in red '8th Juin' and Amsterdam transit with 'Na Posttyd' in red, endorsed 'Care of Messer's Hope & Co/ Amsterdam' and forwarded with framed 'Holland/Par/ Thonnville' and instructional 'L.P.B. 5.R' in red (Ven der Linden 1940) and charged '38'in green ink with Nantes arrival '19th Juin' on reverse. Lovely item full of character.

£350.00
Netherlands East Indies

1840 | Netherlands East Indies (DR19919)

Netherlands East Indies. 1840. Stamp-less envelope written from Patjitan dated '25th June 1840', addressed to Batavia cancelled by bold oval 'Patjitan/ Ongefrankeerd' with m/s 150' in center. Lovely quality.

£125.00
Netherlands East Indies

1940 | Netherlands East Indies (DR19918)

Netherlands East Indies. (LOCAL MILITARY CENSORSHIP). 1940. Registered envelope addressed to Meulabah, West Atjeh Province bearing Netherlands Indies SG 407, 30c indigo tied by Medan date stamp '17th May 40' with matching registration label and 'Militaire Censuur/Medan' in violet on face with 'Censuur Medan Geopend Militaire' label, routed via Koetaradja with framed local military censorship 'Militaire Censuur/ Koetardaja' and Meulaboh arrival '29th May 40' on reverse.

Superb item of local military censor marks, 1st type KOETARADJA unique on a registered cover.

Ex 'Paul Bulterman' collection.

£350.00
Netherlands East Indies

1942 | Netherlands East Indies (DR19917)

Netherlands East Indies. (Diplomatic Mail Censorship). 1942. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to 'Military Attache, Netherlands Legation, Washington' bearing Netherlands Indies SG 419, 40c green and SG 440, 1g violet (strip of five and single) tied by Bandoeng date stamp '17th Jan 42' with matching registration label, hand-stamped 'Aangeteekend' twice in violet and framed 'Niet Door Censuur Geopend/ 11' in carmine, endorsed 'Air Thoughout' , routed over the Pacific with New York and Washington arrival 'May 18 42' on reverse.

Very fine item of Pacific mail held for 4 months for censorship. High franking of 6 gulden 40 cents.

See 'Nico de Weijer's' wonderful book on Netherlands Indies censor mail.

£275.00
Netherlands East Indies

1918 | Netherlands East Indies (DR19916)

Netherlands East Indies. (India - Belgium). 1918. Envelope addressed to Belgium bearing Netherlands Indies SG 219, 20c green tied by Koeala - Simpong double ring '24th Mai 16', endorsed via Nederland', routed via India with 'Opened By Censor' tape (red on white) with circular 'Frie- Gegeben' censor in violet and 'Kaiserliches Postamt/ Aachen 1' censor labels (two) with '77' postmans chop on face.

£95.00
Netherlands East Indies

1946 | Netherlands East Indies (DR19915)

Netherlands East Indies. (Ex. Prisoner of War Mail). 1946. 'A.C.F.' (War Service Fund and Y.M.C.A.' envelope written from the 'Kantoor of Displaced Persons, Batavia' cancelled 'R.A.P.W.I./ Postkantoor/ Batavia' dated '12th Feb 46' addressed to Kamp IV, Tjimahi'.

Ex Prisoner of War, (R.A.P.W.I.) Recovery of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees envelope.

£95.00
Netherlands East Indies

1942 | Netherlands East Indies (DR19914)

Netherlands East Indies. (Veldpost). 1942. Veldpost Packet addressed to 'Veldpost Camp B.I.' bearing Netherlands Indies SG 429, 10c vermilion and SG 453, 5c + 10c orange and blue tied by 'Veld - Post/ Sorteerkantoor' with framed 'Veldpost/ Distributiekt. 105' and 'Censuurd/ Gepasseerd/B' hand-stamp in carmine with 'Bandjar date stamp '4th Mar 42' on face with m/s 'Returned address unknown' (Onbekend) and returned with arrival '23/3' on reverse. Very attractive 'Veldpost' Packet card.

£95.00
Netherlands East Indies

1946 | Netherlands East Indies (DR19913)

Netherlands East Indies. (Netherlands Indies Civil Administration). 1946. Stamp-less Air Mail envelope written from 'A.M.A.C.A.B.' (Allied Military Administration Civil Affairs Branch) Hotel, Singaradja' addressed to Bali Hotel, Denpasar headed 'Luchtpostverbinding Singgaradja- Denpasar 26 - 4 - 46'.

First Air Mail flown between Singaradja and Denpasar after the Japanese Occupation and Dutch War of Independence.

Unique item. Illustrated in P.R. Bulterman's 'Nederlands Indie in Oorlog' on page 213.

£350.00
Netherlands East Indies

1947 | Netherlands East Indies (DR19912)

Netherlands East Indies. (Marine Post). Circa 1947. Air Mail envelope written from '1st Camp. 1 - 1 R. Inf. N. Brigade, Java' addressed to the Netherlands endorsed 'On Active Service' bearing 'Dutch Rule Restored' SG 467, 1c yellow-green (2), SG 471, 7 1/2c olive and SG 472, 10c brown tied by framed hand-stamp 'Post - A - Div./ Soerabaja' in violet.

Very attractive colourful cover from the Royal Dutch Marine Brigade during the Dutch Indies War of Independence.

£225.00
Netherlands East Indies

1950 | Netherlands East Indies (DR19911)

Netherlands East Indies. (Marine Post). 1950. Stampless envelope headed 'Dienst/ Ministerie Van Marine' addressed to Soerabaja cancelled by Marine Post date stamp '24th Sept 50' with circular 'Koninklijke/ (Anchor) / Marine' hand-stamp.

Nice item from the Royal Dutch Navy patrolling the waters around Indonesia after the War of Independence.

£95.00

Philatelic News & Information

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French Colonies

6th Apr 2022

Its a real pleasure to add a magnificent selection of French Colonies from Africa, Asia, The Caribbean and Oceania. Very fine pre-stamp, British Post Office, Charged Mail, Advice of Receipt, Printed Matter and postage due mail. A lovely selection of censor mail, some with five or six censor cachets and labels, routed Trans-Africa, two Ocean or over the Atlantic with some unusual destinations.

A few items from the Dr. Edward Grabowski collection, this amazing sale sold in three parts by Spink. Also interesting Tahiti and New Caledonia from Tony Eastgate's life time work.

Over the next few months we hope to add many items to grace the finest collections.

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China, French Indo China and Chinese Labour Force.

6th Apr 2022

A strong area of stock is our China from Imperial to WW2 with many fine censor covers and Air Transits. A good selection of the overseas Post Offices, Austrian, British, French, Japanese and Russian with offices in Manchuria. Many mixed combinations, I.P.O's .

Coming soon the John Marc Sitarek accumulation of China, French Post Office and Indo-China with magnificent French Detachment in the Boxer Campaign covers.

John Marc also had a fine selection of the Chinese Labour Force which are not often seen, he built this selection over thirty years. One of the darker aspects of World War One was the plight of 12,000 Chinese workers who were recruited by the British Army from the North of China in 1916 to serve on the battle front in France as labourers, trench diggers, munitions carriers, mine disarmers and corpse bearers under often inhumane conditions. A large number were also struck down by the devastating Spanish flue of 1918.

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